Comments: Church of England attendance figures for 2007

Delightful to see that weekly High Church attendance is so much stronger than average attendance. I always knew the spikes would dominate.

Posted by Aaron at Thursday, 19 February 2009 at 5:06pm GMT

The Christmas drop is probably down to the fact that in 2007, the 23rd was a Sunday, so many regulars who might have gone on Christmas Eve probably decided not to go for 3 days in a row.

Posted by David Keen at Thursday, 19 February 2009 at 11:15pm GMT

This thread says as much about the choices made by newspaper sub-editors as it does about church attendance. Do they choose to emphasise the positive or negative view?

However to me the interesting statistic was this

"However the number of baptisms of children increased, with a rise of 6 per cent among those aged between one and 12."


Posted by Simon Dawson at Friday, 20 February 2009 at 10:25am GMT

Aaron, I missed the statements or data that you get your assertion about church styles from. Any chance of someone pointing it out? thanks!

Posted by Joan of Quark at Friday, 20 February 2009 at 2:16pm GMT

It would be an interesting exercise to compare the Anglican church-going statistics with those of other Christian Churches in the U.K.

The news that there were more baptisms in the C.of E., in 2008, than in recent years does seem to give reason for some encouragement.

Posted by Father Ron Smith at Friday, 20 February 2009 at 11:47pm GMT

Joan - page three of the pdf, there's a whole column of "Weekly High Church Attendance". The number are double that for the rest of the spectrum, Low and Broad lumped together! Go Spikes!

(This would be a joke, of course, as the word "High" in that sentence has nothing to do with churchmanship but is rather about the week of the year that has the highest attendance...but it amused my spiky heart anyhow.)

Posted by Aaron Orear at Monday, 23 February 2009 at 4:30am GMT

OK Aaron, I get it now, thanks! Clearly blonde moment met sense of humour failure.

Posted by Joan_of_Quark at Monday, 23 February 2009 at 10:09pm GMT
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